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By Barney Calman, Daily Mail

Last updated at 11:45 21 October 2002



The Place: Four Seasons Hotel George V - Royal Suite, ¿9,000 (£5,675.30).

Celebrity Factor: Mariah Carey, Dido, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, the Clintons, Robert Redford, Antony Hopkins, Janet Jackson, Ricky Martin, and Celine Dion have all been guests.

Decorated with classic French Louis XVI furniture, the Royal Suite contains a king-size master bedroom, daylight-lit bathroom with private dressing area, walk-in closets, guest powder room, entrance foyer, marble fireplaces, private office, fully equipped service pantry and a private terrace.

Drawback: Very handy for cross-Channel coach parties.


The Place: Burj Al Arab - Royal Suites, Dirham 25,000 per night + 20 per cent tax (£5,600 all in).

Celebrity Factor: Richard Branson and Bill Clinton have stayed, and the hotel is a hit with the ladies' tennis contingency, with Venus Williams, Anna Kournikova, and Monica Seles all being regulars.

With more glitz per square inch than a party for Elton John thrown by Donatella Versace and Posh Spice in a diamond mine, Dubai's Burj Al Arab is not exactly understated.

The Burj is built on top of a man-made island to which just crossing the bridge will cost £30, at 1,053ft high it's apparently the tallest hotel in the world, contains the world's fastest lifts and has been crafted using more than 96,000 sq ft of gold leaf, marble and crystal.

The hotel even has its own submarine ride to an underwater restaurant, complete with shark-infested aquarium to gaze at while you dine, and the Royal Suites have dramatic views over the surrounding ocean.

Drawback: It's in Dubai, a dreary desert state.


The Place: The Lanesborough Hotel - the Royal Suite, £5,000 per night.

Celebrity Factor: Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson have stayed, and Geri Halliwell took refuge in the suite for a number of months after her Notting Hill house was burgled.

Although, at 2,600 sq ft, the suite is relatively small in comparison to others in this price bracket, the decor is just as lavish, if not more so.

There is a living room, dining room and study decorated in keeping with the hotel's 'neoclassical' themes in blue, red and, of course, gold and there are three uniquely designed bedrooms and bathrooms and a kitchen.

Guests in the Royal Suite have a personal butler and chauffeur-driven Bentley at their disposal at all times, and receive flowers, hand-made chocolates and Dom Perignon on their arrival. The hotel is happy to cater for the most bizarre of eating habits.

Drawback: It's not the Savoy and it's more camp than a hairdressers' convention.

Los Angeles

The Place: Regent Beverly Wiltshire - Penthouse Suite, $7,500 per night (£4,817.22).

Celebrity Factor: Mick Jagger, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Michael Douglas, Al Pacino, Anjelica Huston and Dustin Hoffman.

The Beverly Wiltshire opened its doors in 1928 and, like many old things in LA, has recently undergone an extensive facelift and just last year added the $7,500-a-night Penthouse Suite.

Instantly recognisable as the location for scenes in Pretty Woman, Beverly Hills Cop and Wag The Dog among others, the hotel itself has a Hollywood pedigree to rival that of the numerous superstars who stay there.

Perched on top of the recently renovated Beverly wing, the Penthouse is 5,000 sq ft of 'stylish deco', featuring three large bedrooms, a dining room that can accommodate a dinner party for 12 and a living room, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the Hollywood Hills.

Drawback: Neurotic locals obsessed with food fads.


The Place: The Martinez Hotel - Presidential Suites, ¿7,600 per night (£4,780.89).

Celebrity Factor: Jodie Foster, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, Kristin Scott Thomas and Iman Bowie.

The Presidential Suites at The Martinez are the biggest, most expensive and only terraced penthouses on the Cote d'Azur, and the only place to stay during the Cannes Film Festival.

Each suite measures 5,380 sq ft with two bedrooms, adjoining dressing rooms, bathrooms, a Turkish bath and sauna, dining rooms and an extra 2,500 sq ft of terrace, with whirlpool hot tubs overlooking the Lerins Islands and the entire Bay of Cannes.

Drawback: Street crime is a burgeoning local industry.

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